I know reading a book on an iPad or Kindle is in vogue right now, but call me old-fashioned – I like to read a book in print. I love to hear the creak when I first crack open a good hardbound book and smell the ink from the pages. What better way to savor the experience than to cross-stitch your own bookmark?
Usually, I grab a magazine blow-in card or paint chip sample to mark my place in a book, but doesn’t a bookmark seem more official? I originally cross-stitched this Once Upon a Time bookmark for a friend in college. A couple of months ago, I found the graph paper pattern I had drawn so long ago stashed in the back of one of my craft drawers. To make it easier to read, I recreated the pattern in Excel and then decided to stitch a bookmark for myself.
For this bookmark, I used 18-count aida fabric and for the floss — 3 strands for the type and 1 strand for all of the back stitching. To cover the stitches in the back, I cut out a strip of felt (2” x 6-3/4”) and stitched it to the front with an embroidery needle, using half stitches. Finished size, including fringe is 2-3/4” wide x 7-1/2” long.